Digital Forensics Consulting for Laboratories
We Work with Forensic Toxicology Laboratories and Assist Other Labs with Gathering Crucial Data for Audits, Investigations, and Litigation
The science of digital forensics is playing an increasingly critical role for all types of laboratories. Forensic toxicology laboratories must rely on digital forensics to provide the full data their clients demand, and all laboratories must rely on digital forensics when faced with external audits, investigations, and litigation.
At Corporate Investigation Consulting, we provide digital forensics consulting services to laboratories throughout the United States. Our team includes digital forensics specialists who previously worked for the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), U.S. Secret Service, Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), and other federal agencies. This government background affords unparalleled training, insights, and experience, and we rely on our unique capabilities to collect the data our clients need in a manner that preserves its admissibility in court.
We provide data-driven compliance and risk management consulting services as well, and we also consult with laboratory owners and executives regarding defense strategies for external audits and other legal matters.
Consulting for Forensic Toxicology Laboratories
Forensic toxicology laboratories are tasked with providing unassailable data that can be used in litigation. With much of today’s lab equipment incorporating digital elements (if not being entirely digital), forensic toxicology and digital forensics now go hand-in-hand.
Our digital forensics consultants help toxicology laboratories ensure that the data they provide retain their integrity and remain admissible in court. We can also work alongside forensic toxicology laboratories to enhance the services they provide to their clients. If you find that your lab is consistently encountering issues in the digital realm, we can help you meet the demands of today’s increasingly digital environment.
Digital Forensics Consulting for Laboratory Audits, Investigations, and Litigation
When facing an external audit, government investigation, or the prospect of litigation, laboratory owners and executives must ensure that they have the data they need in order to make informed decisions. Our digital forensics specialists and consultants rely on extensive experience to efficiently gather the data required for labs to defend against allegations of health care fraud, employment discrimination, and other types of legal claims.
There are three critical aspects to effective data forensics. At Corporate Investigation Consulting, we make sure our clients have reliable data by:
- Working Efficiently and Strategically – We develop matter-specific digital forensics strategies that are designed to allow for the efficient collection of essential data. When facing an audit, investigation, or lawsuit, you cannot afford to wait, and we share the results of our investigations with laboratory owners and executives in real time.
- Ensuring We Comprehensively Identify All Data Sources – When conducting digital forensics, comprehensiveness is key. We examine all potential data sources in order to ensure that no pertinent information is overlooked.
- Preserving the Legal Admissibility of All Data Collected – Regardless of whether a matter ultimately proceeds to litigation, maintaining the standards for legal admissibility ensures that data collected through digital forensics preserve their integrity. With our specialists’ federal investigative backgrounds, we are intimately familiar with the legal admissibility requirements for electronic data.
FAQs: Digital Forensics in the Toxicology Laboratory Setting
Q: When do laboratory owners and executives need to rely on digital forensics?
There are several circumstances in which laboratory owners and executives will need to rely on digital forensics in order to make informed decisions. One of the most-common examples is when facing an external compliance audit. If your lab is being audited by a federal agency (i.e. CMS or the FDA) or a private entity (i.e. a health insurance company or MAC, RAC, or UPIC), conducting digital forensics will allow you to identify any potential concerns before they come up during the audit process.
Digital forensics can similarly be used to develop effective defense strategies for federal law enforcement investigations as well as for civil and criminal litigation. In litigation, we provide digital forensics consulting services both for purposes of internal defense assessment and for purposes of gathering data during discovery.
Q: What types of data can be gathered through digital forensics?
Digital forensics can be used to gather all types of data. In the laboratory setting, this includes everything from testing data to information about individual employees’ administrative billing mistakes. During discovery, digital forensics can be utilized to gather information related to everything from contractual performance and payment issues to the appropriate calculation of damages.
Q: What are the steps involved in conducting a digital forensics investigation?
Conducting a digital forensics investigation begins with understanding the specific issues that need to be investigated. If your laboratory is being audited, what is the scope of the audit? If your laboratory is facing potential litigation, what are the claims involved?
Once the scope of the investigation is clear, then the next step is to develop a strategy for analyzing all pertinent data sources. With a clear understanding of where to look, then appropriate digital forensics tools and methodologies can be identified and utilized, and all relevant data can be collected, organized, and preserved.
Q: How can laboratory owners and executives use the data gathered through digital forensics investigations?
Data gathered through digital forensics can be used to identify risks, formulate defenses, and develop strategies for protecting your laboratory. In addition to providing data forensics consulting services, we assist lab owners and executives with all aspects of compliance, risk management, and liability defense as well.
Q: What factors should laboratory owners and executives consider when choosing a digital forensics consulting firm?
When choosing a digital forensics consulting firm, as a laboratory owner or executive, relevant experience should be the main driving factor in your decision. At Corporate Investigation Consulting, our former DOJ, FBI, and Secret Service agents bring decades of digital forensics experience to the table, and we can use this experience to help you make the right decisions at the right times.
Speak with a Senior Digital Forensics Consultant Today
If you would like more information about our digital forensics consulting services for laboratories, we encourage you to get in touch. Please call 866-352-9324 or contact us online to schedule a complimentary consultation today.